The Bill seeks to provide for certain offences and measures to curb the dissemination of fake news or related matters.
Najib's party already launched an anti-"fake news" website in January, with Najib saying they had been "victims" of the phenomenon during a previous election in 2013. What more when the laws often mentioned in relation to the matter, such as the Penal Code, Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 are unable to cope with the complex nature of the offences in line with the latest technology.
"With both Singapore and the Philippines considering their own "fake news" legislation, we call on all countries in the region to refrain from following this risky trend", the statement reads.
"This would surely kill satirical news - which is an important element in socio-political dialogue".
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To combat fake news, it appears that the Malaysian government has proposed a law that would make it illegal to spread fake news.
The bill defines fake news any news, information, data and report, either a part of or wholly false whether in an article, visual or audio recording or in any form that can visualise words or ideas. This a gross fetter on free speech.
That is a baseless allegation and purely politically motivated. A person who creates, publishes, facilitates or does not remove fake news could be imprisoned for up to 10 years.
Salleh Keruak, a cabinet minister and Najib supporter wrote in a blog on Sunday: "Foreign media reports are not balanced but very one-sided giving the impression that everything about the government is bad while the opposition is [angelic]".
The Bill also purportedly seeks to safeguard the public against the spread of fake news whilst ensuring the right to freedom of speech and expression under the Federal Constitution is respected.
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Anyone who is found to provide financial assistance for the purposes of committing or facilitating the offence is also liable to a fine up to RM500,000 or imprisonment up to 10 years or both.
"Those who say that journalists have nothing to fear from the Anti-Fake News bill as long as they report accurately is clearly missing the point..."
The bill regulates the dissemination of fake news in any medium of publication and is not restricted to social media.
Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan has decried the Anti-Fake News Bill as another tool of oppression.
Of the 2,504 Singapore residents polled, about 80 per cent said they agreed or strongly agreed that the laws should be strengthened, while about 90 per cent wanted those who deliberately put up fake news to be prosecuted if their actions have serious consequences.
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